At the end of the summit held at Villa La Grange, the presidents of the United States and Russia noticed their differences, but tried to determine the subject of the convergence of their interests.
After a brief handshake and a polite smile, the door of the mansion closed. Joe Biden and Vladimir Poutine then took a place in another century’s environment: gilding and mouldings under high ceilings, library of old books with neat leather binding, and hard-to-read globes on wooden bases. With the assistance of their diplomatic heads Anthony Brinken and Sergey Lavrov, the Presidents of the United States and Russia finally met on Wednesday, June 16.
After months of verbal escalation, US sanctions, diplomats’ mutual elections and harsh accusations, they calmly exposed their differences in the green environment of the La Grange villa on Lake Geneva.
Contrary to the sports drama maintained by the media and commentators, the presidents of the two countries have repeatedly warned before the summit: We should not expect spectacular results. This is a problem to solve an annoying problem” In a rational and predictable way”, According to comments immediately posted online by the Kremlin, Joe Biden said in his presentation on Wednesday.
The main progress at the end of the summit is that both sides hope to start consultations on cyber security and strategic security, that is, the issue of restricting nuclear weapons. “Today, we reaffirm the principle that a nuclear war cannot be won and will never be fought.”Was it written in the brief joint statement of the bilateral strategic stability dialogue officially launched by the two countries? This sentence almost echoes a similar text published in 1985 by Mikhail Gorbachev and Ronald Reagan.
Intentions must be translated into facts.The two countries have “Special Responsibilities”, Vladimir Putin told the media. The timing and scope of these consultations planned between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and senior military personnel were not specified.